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From the suitcase of Juliana Engberg

Art lovers, rejoice! The 2014 Biennale of Sydney opened on March 21st and will be running for 13 glorious-weather weeks, bringing approximately 200 pieces of art from over 30 countries to the waterfront Australian city.

To whet your wanderlust, we convinced Juliana Engberg, the Biennale’s world-travelling artistic director to answer a few of our burning travel questions…

Juliana Engberg Artistic Director, 2014 Biennale of Sydney
Based in Melbourne

Last trip Langenbruck, Switzerland, where I had delicious home-baked bread from the wood-fired oven in the converted sanitorium that artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger call home.

Next trip I’m dying to go to Brazil.

Hotel must-have A swimming pool.

You never leave home without… Just my carry-on. I learnt my lesson as one of the first people to arrive at the newly launched T5 Heathrow a few years back. I went to Glasgow… bags went to Rome… never to be seen again!

You always return home with… Less than I left with, as I post stuff back.

Best emerging Asian art scene Shanghai

Favourite destination For pleasure, Paris; for art, London; for artists, Berlin; for emerging scene, Warsaw; for sauna, Helsinki; for art community, Glasgow; for serenity, Zurich; for old times’ sake, New York… for life, Melbourne.

Quintessential Melbourne Florentino’s Cellar Bar, the reading dome of the State Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Phar Lap at the Melbourne Museum

Quintessential Sydney Fratelli Paradiso, Bondi beach baths, The Rocks (especially with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s ‘walk,’ which we launch in late April)

Worst travel experience Being stuck in Zagreb for 63 hours without any money or suitcase (locked on plane) in the freezing winter, trapped in the Hotel Metropol with a cast of unlikely characters and a food voucher.


Reporting by Rachel Friedman

Not only is the Boston Marathon today, but one of our ace travel consultants, Autumn, just got back from Beantown and can’t stop gushing. Because she’s just that generous, she has put together a useful new Pinterest guide of her favourite sights, restaurants, bars and activities.
We also highly recommend her New Orleans and New York guides – after all, she’s a native Southerner and current New Yorker – and watch this space for her forthcoming Charleston and Cape Cod/Nantucket Pinterest maps. High-res

Not only is the Boston Marathon today, but one of our ace travel consultants, Autumn, just got back from Beantown and can’t stop gushing. Because she’s just that generous, she has put together a useful new Pinterest guide of her favourite sights, restaurants, bars and activities.

We also highly recommend her New Orleans and New York guides – after all, she’s a native Southerner and current New Yorker – and watch this space for her forthcoming Charleston and Cape Cod/Nantucket Pinterest maps.

Check out this view – we found one of the Fabergé Easter eggs from the Big Egg Hunt near the Brooklyn Bridge. What have you discovered on your recent travels?
We want in on your adventures – whether you’re at one of our hotels, exploring far-flung places or just playing tourist in your own town. Simply tag your Instagram shots with #smithview for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post. 
We showed you our view… now let us see yours.  High-res

Check out this view – we found one of the Fabergé Easter eggs from the Big Egg Hunt near the Brooklyn Bridge. What have you discovered on your recent travels?

We want in on your adventures – whether you’re at one of our hotels, exploring far-flung places or just playing tourist in your own town. Simply tag your Instagram shots with #smithview for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post. 

We showed you our view… now let us see yours. 

From the suitcase of Joanna Goddard

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Joanna Goddard Blogger, A Cup of Jo
Based in New York, NY

Last trip Palm Springs for Christmas with our babies — a blast of sunshine in the middle of winter! We spent many happy afternoons eating fish tacos and swimming at the Ace, and took the aerial tram to the top of the mountains.

Next trip Fire Island this June. No cars are allowed, so everyone walks or bikes everywhere, while pulling red Radio Flyer wagons filled with beach towels, pizzas and sun-kissed children. It’s a magical place!

First thing you do when you check into a hotel I LOVE LOVE LOVE hotel beds, so I always want to jump on them. Have you seen the hilarious photos around the web of people jumping in hotels?

You never leave home without…cucumber facial wipes. I swear by them. The cucumber scent smells amazing, and you can freshen up your face on overnight flights and take off your makeup before going to bed at the hotel.

You always return home with…presents for our kiddos, like funny magnets or airport candy. And I love getting tea towels from tiny shops around the world.

Go-to travel outfit I have such a travel uniform: a striped shirt, a navy sweater, comfy jeans and red Converses.

Quintessential New York Take a sunset sail on the Hudson River. Bring lobster rolls and potato chips from Chelsea Market, and the sailors bring around wine and beer. You’ll sail by the Statue of Liberty while sipping wine and feeling the wind in your hair.

Worst travel experience My toddler and I were flying from California to Florida, and we had to do an emergency landing in New Orleans. I’m not scared of flying at all, but during that moment, I was definitely white-knuckling it!

Favourite hotel The Standard Hotel in Miami is the perfect place for a romantic weekend. Their giant pool is warm as a bathtub, and the hot tub sits under a waterfall. Some rooms have outdoor bathtubs, where you can take a bubble bath. Sit outside by one of their fire pits and order the fish sandwich and fries. Paradise.

Edinburgh or Athens? Go ahead, take a guess.
Wish you were here roaming the moors and photographing sheep with us. Because (fun fact…) there’s more to the UK than castles, cosy pubs and loads of rain. It can actually be quite lovely and sunny, and there’s little we love more than sipping a Pimm’s cup out of doors on a nice day.
Oh yeah, and we like the history, too. High-res

Edinburgh or Athens? Go ahead, take a guess.

Wish you were here roaming the moors and photographing sheep with us. Because (fun fact…) there’s more to the UK than castles, cosy pubs and loads of rain. It can actually be quite lovely and sunny, and there’s little we love more than sipping a Pimm’s cup out of doors on a nice day.

Oh yeah, and we like the history, too.